• Bureaucracy Can Make You Bald

    After twenty-seven years and a bit of being Stephanie Dagg, I’m back to being Stephanie Oakley. Don’t panic – I haven’t divorced Chris, or done away with him, boiled him down and fed him to the pigs. I’m referring to my driving licence. I finally got round to collecting it...


  • Sunny December And Nervous Turkeys

    It’s been the sunniest December I can remember. We’re all making the most of it, including the chickens… and cats. And us of course. We fitted in a couple of quick geocaching visits. First we went to Bourg d’Hem on the Petite Creuse river which is in the very pretty...


  • Disappearing Trains and Tasty Cakes

    Caiti and trains don’t go. It’s starting to feel like every time she has to make a journey by train, something goes wrong. Admittedly, it has been a daughter-induced problem occasionally ie cutting it too fine to get to the station in time, but generally it’s been out of her...


  • Why Only The French Like French Books

    There was an interesting article in the BBC News Magazine the other day about why French books don’t sell abroad – after being translated where necessary, of course. In a nutshell it says that French authors find it hard to break into the English-speaking market, largely due to a belief...


  • Serviettage OR Cutting Up Napkins

    I had a very amateur go at serviettage (paper napkin decoupage) a while back, and not majorly successfully, so decided to give it another whirl, this time with a Christmassy theme. Serviettage is about sticking cut-out bits of napkins onto, well, pretty much any suitable inanimate object. It may not...